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English past questions and answers, WAEC, 1988, part 2

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English past questions and answer, WAEC, 1988:

 

SECTION 2

Choose the word or group of words that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

Please read questions 1 - 30 here

31. Tunde purchased various article at the big sale near Kingsway and surprisingly enough, he _____ them all before he reached home that same day.

  1. destroyed
  2. bought
  3. sold
  4. distributed
  5. lent

 

32. In his argument, Ade was my supporter even though he is often my _____ in other matters.

  1. opponent
  2. ally
  3. opposition
  4. proposer
  5. opposite

 

33. People who are normally _____ often turn to be dauntless heroes in the face of real danger.

  1. unsteady
  2. colourless
  3. cowardly
  4. bashful
  5. unfriendly

 

34. I encouraged my younger brother to take on Law as a profession while I _____ my sister from doing so.

  1. financed
  2. warned
  3. dissuaded
  4. persuaded
  5. helped

 

35. It is quite customary to introduce the guest speaker but _____ to insult him.

  1. illegal
  2. impolite
  3. unusual
  4. useless
  5. pointless

 

36. Olu was able to kindle the fire which my father had to _____ later.

  1. kill
  2. switch
  3. extinguish
  4. destroy
  5. ignite

 

SECTION 3

After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentence is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider appropriate for each sentence.

37. Mr. John has always managed to keep his head above water.

  1. keep his head above water when swimming
  2. like swimming
  3. know the techniques of swimming
  4. stay out of financial difficulty
  5. borrow a large amount of money from the bank and he is trying to pay up

 

38. The men eventually gained their freedom and decided later to get their own back on their oppressors.

  1. strike
  2. have their revenge on
  3. abuse
  4. get something from
  5. beat up

 

39. He went off the rails as soon as he heard of his failure in the last examination.

  1. became annoyed
  2. wept bitterly
  3. became disorganized
  4. became a man
  5. lost consciousness

 

40. She is eating her heart out for a sailor who is away at sea.

  1. writing to
  2. longing for
  3. quarrelling with
  4. fuming about
  5. hating

 

41. How do you hope to do it? You can’t make bricks without straw.

  1. use a straw for making bricks
  2. afford not to have all the necessary materials
  3. seek a leader
  4. find bricks and straw
  5. erect a brick without straws

 

42. Mary’s classmate agreed to send her to Coventry.

  1. send her to the sisters at the convent
  2. report her to the sisters at the convent
  3. ignore her
  4. train her to be the leader
  5. send her to the penitentiary

 

SECTION 4

Choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined expression as it is used in the sentence.

43. My choice of a partner would be based on character, not looks.

  1. visibility
  2. feasibility
  3. appearance
  4. stares
  5. posture

 

44. Ade is very winsome yet his neighbor finds it very difficult to put up with him.

  1. stay with
  2. live with
  3. tolerate
  4. depend on
  5. rely on

 

45. The girl had just come out of the fattening room and her waist is adorned with beads.

  1. surrounded
  2. decorated
  3. besieged
  4. defaced
  5. bedraggled

 

46. There are some drugs that could exacerbate a particular illness.

  1. heal
  2. ameliorate
  3. lengthen
  4. worsen
  5. detect

 

47. In accordance with the practice of his religion, Raman’s body was interred the day he died.

  1. sanctified
  2. preserved
  3. cremated
  4. buried
  5. entered

 

48. What you cannot avoid, you try to endure.

  1. cast off
  2. put off
  3. dispense with
  4. practice
  5. tolerate

Please read questions 49 - 75 here

Please read questions 76 - 100. Answers are present here

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